Should You Consider Adopting a Child of a Different Race or Ethnicity?

Have you thought about adopting a child of a different race or ethnicity? Are you up for the job? How can you be the best family for this child? Join us when we talk with Meggin Nam Holtz, a Licensed Master Social Worker, and a Korean adoptee. She has a private counseling practice specializing in adoption.  She created an award-winning documentary film, Found in Korea, about birth search, country of origin travel, identity, and adoption.

In this course, we cover:

  • If you are a White parent, are there different issues you need to consider depending on the race of the child you adopt?
  • Some families prefer to adopt a bi-racial child rather than a child who is all Black or all Latinx. What are the issues to consider?
  • Is there a difference between transracial and transcultural adoption?
  • What does it take to raise a child to have a healthy self and racial identity. How do they differ?
  • What are some of the issues parents should think about to determine if they are a family that should adopt across racial or ethnic lines?
  • What should parents be prepared to do in order to help their children develop a healthy sense of self?
  • Adoption is a family affair, so how should prospective adoptive parents prepare their extended family members for the adoption of a child of a different race or culture?
  • How to find role models that racially mirror your child?
  • Research on how transracially adopted children are doing.
  • What to do if you have someone in your family that you fear will not be accepting or will not treat your child fairly?
  • What issues may come up with open adoption when adopting across racial lines? Preparation for transracial adoption goes beyond hair care; hair and skin care are important. What should parents know?

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